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PABLO SIQUIER  (b. 1961, Argentina)

"Somehow, by breaking with harmonious and balanced equilibrium, I wanted to express or shed light on a certain strangeness, a certain surprise."

Part of a generation of artists who emerged in Buenos Aires at the end of the Argentine military dictatorship, Pablo Siquier’s work resists historical context and interpretation. His abstract black and white canvases and drawings remain silent, even as they evoke the rhythms of the city and subtly reference architectural ornament. In his work, Siquier explores the tensions between perfect and imperfect media: after years of precise schematic drawings with rulers and compasses, he uses computer software to design his intricate compositions. Once they are designed, he creates them on paper or canvases with charcoal or paint; they are at once hand-made and machine-influenced.

In the early 1980s, Siquier studied for three years at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredón. His work from 1985-1989 used vibrant colors to develop dynamic relationships between an object in the foreground and the background plane or horizon line. During the late 1980s, he co-founded the informal artist collective Grupo de la X, which was connected to Madí artist Enio Iommi and his students. From 1989-1993, he began to restrict his palette, and he developed geometricized shapes inspired by architectural motifs and ornaments. In 1993, he abandoned color and began a series of abstract paintings and drawings in black and white. Since 2005, Siquier has been working on the walls of galleries and museums, making large-scale wall drawings and installations. He has created murals at the Los Molinos Building at Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires and at the Carlos Pellegrini subway station in Buenos Aires.

Siquier represented Argentina at the 3rd Cuenca Biennial, at the 1st and 2nd Porto Alegre Biennial, at the 9th Habana Biennial, and at the 26th São Paulo Biennial.  He has had major solo exhibitions at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid. Siquier lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Selected Solo Exhibitions


Galerie Xippas, Montevideo, Uruguay, ESTE Arte 


Pablo Siquier: Bruit, Galerie Xippas, Paris, France 


Pablo Siquier; Hostile, Sicardi Gallery, Houston,TX USA


Pablo Siquier: Confort Psíquico, Ruth Benzacar Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Structure, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA


Contracture, Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, Miami, FL, USA


Contratura, Baró Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil


Murales e instalaciones, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Museo Pedro de Osma, Lima, Peru


Pablo Siquier, Baró Cruz Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil


Pablo Siquier, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA


Pablo Siquier: New Works, Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, Miami, FL, USA


Ruth Benzacar Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Palacio Velazquez, Madrid, Spain


Ruth Benzacar Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA


Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Ramis Barquet Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico


Modelos concretos, Ruth Benzacar Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina


International Art Fair, Ruth Benzacar Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Jacobo Karpio Gallery, San José de Costa Rica


Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Línea Gallery, Harrods en el Arte, Buenos Aires, Sala Amadís, Madrid, Spain


Pablo Siquier: Instalación, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Córdoba, Spain

Selected Public Collections

Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, USA

The SPACE Collection, Irvine, CA

Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Rosario (MACRO), Argentina

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), Argentina

Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain

Zabludowicz Collection London, London